Mike Seaman – Board President
Mike Seaman is a former river guide turned environmental professional. Inspired by Frank Church while guiding on the Middle Fork of the Salmon, Mike left the river to earn a Master’s of International Environmental Policy. He recently moved from Monterey, CA, where he worked at the Monterey Bay Aquarium as an Environmental and Purchasing Manager for their food service provider, Aramark. Mike worked on national sustainable food and beverage program design for Aramark. He spent significant time digging through dumpsters at the Aquarium to analyze their waste stream and find opportunities for cost saving and operational improvements. He helped found the Compost Coalition – a group of local business, government officials and waste haulers – to successfully bring food scrap collection program to the city of Monterey and surrounding area. He’s now moved back to Boise to start his sustainability consulting business, Pioneer Consultants, specializing in waste management, sustainable food and purchasing, business operations and marketing.
David Mitchell - Treasurer
David is a recovering banker who traded in his suits for a pair of boots. Hydroponics, aquaponics, hugelkulture, and no-till farming methods provide him with a creative outlet for his farming addiction. His business experiences within financial management, sales and marketing, business start ups and an aptitude for agriculture system innovation, primed his desire to try his hand at farming. He currently manages the daily operations of Ohana No-Till Farm in Meridian. In addition to farming, David enjoys fishing with his wife and children, playing music, camping, and exploring Idaho.
Autumn Freer - Interim Recorder
Autumn Freer is the owner and operator of Freer Organics LLC. Autumn has been involved in the horticulture and agriculture world for most of her life. Continuing her growth and knowledge with recent cutting edge developments in; EM, EM bokashi, community recycling, soil remediation, water remediation, mold remediation, GMO crop remediation, and testing and documentation of urban and agriculture pilot programs. Autumn is a Idaho native with a strong passion to educate the importance of healthy environments using biological techniques and implementing systems that reduce the need for harmful chemicals and unnecessary toxins and pollutants. In the last 10 years Autumn has been collaborating with world wide scientists and universities in the development, production, and testing/documentation of EM bokashi technology and bio-char inoculations. Freer Organics has stood out above the rest in their industry with the documentation and inoculation of bio-char within soils, vineyards, orchards, and highway projects within the state of Idaho. Recently featured in a article released in AG World Magazine 2015 on the remediation and documentation of inoculated bio-chars and soil health. Autumn has continued to be persistent in developing outreach programs world wide in bring up bio-char as an added value for Ag and urban soil developments. Autumn’s heart lies in preserving the health of the environment, the land, and protecting and restoring the soils for future generations to come. Those who know Autumn are inspired by her passion and knowledge in organics and EM technologies, and she continues to do her part on creating more education and awareness on environmental health and community recycling. Autumn always says, “I’m not trying to change the world, but rather, create a world that doesn’t need changing”, and with all the support from the community and beyond, she may do just that.
Pete Pearson – Board Director
Pete currently works for the World Wildlife Fund in Washington DC as the director of food waste initiatives, studying the intersection between wildlife conservation and agricultural systems. He served as the Director of Sustainability for SUPERVALU, where he led a sustainability program that expanded sustainable food initiatives across over 2,000 grocery stores in 37 states. In addition, Pete has 10+ years of experience as an operations analyst and project manager with companies including Hewlett-Packard, Accenture and Albertsons. He received a BS in Information Systems from the University of Idaho and his MBA in Sustainable Business Management from Green Mountain College in Vermont. He has experience as an independent consultant and is a partner/owner with Transcend Productions, a film production company in Boise, specializing in documentary story telling. Pete is also a co-founder of the ICSA.
John Van Der Giessen – Board Director
John is originally from Jerome, ID. His first job was picking rocks out of a neighbor’s fields at age 7. John’s family has been involved with agriculture for generations. The University of Idaho was John’s collegiate choice where he earned a BS in Environmental Science. John also studied abroad at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia where he became interested in sustainability. Simultaneously, John was introduced to the sport of rugby. After 3 seasons of amateur men’s club level in France and New Zealand John was invited to a scouting camp for the United States Men’s National Rugby Team. At that point, John made the decision to suspend his Master’s Degree in Sustainable Development and forgo his coastal resource management assignment with the Peace Corps in the Philippines. After representing our country in the 2007 and 2011 Rugby World Cup and playing professionally in France and England John retired from the sport. John is currently involved with the AgriFarm Group, a commercial fertilizer company focusing on technologies that increase fertilizer efficiency, nutrition, quality and production. John’s current roll is in sales and business development management. John is passionate about the sustainable and regenerative agricultural movement. He believes in creating opportunities for people to learn, benefit and generate wealth in their lives from sustainable and regenerative agriculture. He enjoys all that Idaho’s outdoors have to offer and values spending time with family and friends
Brad McIntyre - Board Director
Brad McIntyre is a 4th generation farmer from Caldwell, Id. He grew up on the family farm down in the Riverside community. After graduating from high school he served a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Illinois. After his mission he attended BYU-Idaho and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Business. He is married to Jill and they have 4 children with a fifth due in April. He is involved with the family farm where he works alongside his father Loren, and two brothers, Ben and Brian. They have been practicing No-till for the past 5 years and using cover crops to aid soil health for the past 3 years. He is a graduate of class 29 of Leadership Idaho Agriculture. He is also actively involved in planning and zoning for the city of Marsing, church, the Farm Bureau, and with the Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture as a board member.
Steve Campbell - Board Director
Steve has been around cattle in one capacity or another since the age of twelve. His Epiphany moment came in 1999 while recovering from a ranching injury. The resulting refocusing of his energies into learning about soil, plant, animal and human health since that time have led him to: some very old books; like minded thinkers and mentors; on farm experiments with soil fertility; and to numerous speakers, farm visits and conferences over the past dozen years. From the Weston A. Price philosophy for human health to Carey Reams and Maynard Murray for soils to Jerry Brunetti, Dr. Richard Olree, Gearld Fry and the teachings of numerous authors of yesteryear; Steve has spent that period learning from these wise men and women to not only change his personal eating habits…but to extrapolate those learned principles of nature into his own farmland and animals and to help others make similar improvements on their farms and with their families health. Steve has spoken one or more times at: The MOSES Conference (Midwest Organic Sustainable Education Service), Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society, Red Devon USA, North American Devon Association, the American Herbataurus Society conference, 2014 Utah/Arizona grazing conference and was the keynote speaker at the 21st annual GrassWorks Grazing Conference in January of 2013. Along with numerous farm consulting invitations across the country, Steve has visited with schools and done presentations in conjunction with Gearld Fry. Steve owns Tailor Made Cattle and Triangle C Beef. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Former Board Members
- Lisa Duplessie – Former Board Member and ICSA Co-Founder
- Josie Erskine – Former Board Member
- Matt Wissel – Former Board Member
- Garrett Goldberg – Former Board Member and ICSA Co-Founder
- Derek Cooper – Original Collaborator and Donor
- Katina Dutton – Original Collaborator
- Ysabel Bilbao – Former Board Member
- Karen Ellis – Former Board Member and ICSA Co-Founder
- Breland Draper – Former ICSA Staff Member
- Kim Ellsworth – Former AmeriCorp Staff Member
- Susan Thomas – Former Board Director
- Tim McKinley – Former Board Director
- Rachel Layman – Former Board Recorder
- Seann Sweeney – Former Board Director